We are on the peak of the next generation of gaming , portables have already started it and after the recent announcement of ps4 and release of wii-u it has officially started. I have to say .. the PS4 looks pretty solid , more importantly it still shows Sony's concern in first party force and exclusives. After this announcement I started thinking... 3ds is to say the least a solid portable. After only 2 years on the market (correct me if I'm wrong about the time it's been out) it has a solid first party library , a very promising future first party lineup , some excellent 3rd party exclusives , an ever-improving online store . And look at Sony's current and upcoming systems , a multitude of EXCELLENT AAA first party titles and exclusives , you can buy and easily enjoy the system for the exclusives alone. I've arguably enjoyed Ratchet and Clank Future more than Mario Galaxy , Uncharted is the once in a lifetime style game I've never seen the likes of before , infamous , killzone , resistance , sly , the list go's on. Not only that but the fact it plays blu-rays is a massive benefit as a blu-ray player is not nearly as common as a dvd player in most houses.
Now starting up the next generation ps4 has caught up to the xbox in every way in online , it will still probably be free , and the playing field is even.. there is no more herd logic of buying Microsoft's system (no offense to those that bought the 360 , if you had valid reasons by all means I'm glad you bought the 360 , but most of the people I know that bought one never really had a good reason for buying one except that everyone else has one). It seems an awfully easy choice to choose Nintendo for default portable and Ps4 for default system.
Before you pull out the anti-ms-fanboy attack I have nothing against Microsoft , I'm just confused by it. Because Microsoft has brought nothing new to the table this generation... the hardware is more or less equal to ps3 , online costs with few real advantages , the 360 ends up relying on really only 2 major exclusives , only one of which actually started this generation , Kinect had ''potential'' but ended up just being a $90 party trick. Yet has somehow not only kept up with ps3 but , in America , passed it in popularity. But now Sony has learned from their mistakes at launch that got Microsoft the advantage in getting that crucial first interest. It's likely Sony will go for the cheapest price possible for ps4 and is completely equal in online now and actually superior. So , unless Microsoft packs a punch with LOTS of new exclusive ip's or an extremely cheap price tag , I'm not sure how Microsoft will be as lucky this time.